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Martha Stewart Eat Your Heart Out!
 

I made eggplant parm tonight using my own TopsyTurvy grown eggplants and tomatoes. I did add in some store bought sauce and cheese, so sue me. However it turned out awesome. So yummy! Oh and I originally fried the battered eggplant in my redi-set-go. So it was really a double seen-on-tv meal!

Weeds And Ivy Everywhere!
 

So Boot Camp #1 is over, ended last Friday actually. I’ve een trying to get a post out since then. A second one is in August which I fully intend on attending. I like the structured setting and being forced to just work and think :) Plus I like that I’m out of the house and away from distractions. This time they gave me an actual anthropology faculty member as my “writing adviser.” He was great and gave amazing feedback too. I’m hoping for the one in August that it will be close enough to the fall semester that my committee members will be on campus and can get involved. My aim is to have as close to a final draft by then as well. This thing weighs as much as I do at this point!

If you haven’t heard, the Philadelphia region, and much of the east coast, is having a little heat wave right now. As such I have not been out in the yard much. Heat and me don’t mix. I don’t melt, I just end up with migraines. I did take a day to finally chop down the rest of the weeds in front of the garden area. I took out the day lilies and real plants too. But they were so infested with weeds (and trash!) that I was over them. I told John that I am fully scrapping everything that isn’t a tree or bush, I want a blank slate and next year he can decide to plant whatever he wants (but has to upkeep it!)


My Topsy Turveys are progressing nicely. I have several flowers on the tomato plants, so I’m hoping for some fruit soon. I also added a Topsy Turvey Tree which has 2 types of eggplant and a third tomato plant. I really don’t know what I’m gunna do with all this stuff! I attempted to plant stuff in the ground, but not much is going on. I will admit I haven’t been watering the ground much though :)

This is the backside of the house and a window in a kitchen nook that looks out over the barn/garage/barnyard/garden area. As you can see it’s a nightmare too! With the heatwave this has become what I will probably tackle next, because it’s in the shade most of the day as is. There actually is a blocked off garden area under all that mess. You’ll notice a lot of “dead” to the left, that was my doing. The hose hookup is back there and I decided I didn’t want to walk through tick-ville to get to it. I hacked at the weeds/vines to make a path, then doused everything with weed killer :) My plan for this area is the same with the others . . . . everything goes! It’s like a going out of business sale, except we are getting out of the white trash business. I bought 4 bags of mulch today and after I clear it out will add that in to keep things from coming back. The leftovers I plan to use out front and on the side of the house. I’m sure I’ll need more. Luckily it’s cheap, like 4 bucks for the giant ass bags.


The front yard. Yeah . . . I told you it was all a nightmare. I actually played around here a bit this weekend till I couldn’t take it anymore cause of the heat. I pulled a lot of the Ivy down (like around the columns and porch, did a lot of weeding, then just gave up :) Oh I did free the flag. John has a new one that one day I’ll maybe get around to putting up too. A lot of the stuff on the side where the flag is is actually Wisteria, so I’m not allowed to touch that otherwise I’ll get beaten. Though it too has gotten out of hand (and is strangling a tree next to the house actually).

I have decided once I get the whole place looking nice, I’ll add a touch of white trash back in. Garden gnomes anyone? I just wish they still made Granny’s Fannies!

PS, yes the Christmas snowflake lights are still up. I am too chicken to climb up on a ladder to take them down. Knowing me I’d probably fall too. Unfortunately I don’t think they all work anymore after the insane winter they went through. Plus one I know is frayed, cause one of the snow flakes fell off!

Upside Down, Boy Ya Grow Me!
 

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So I planted my tomatoes today! I got me 2 Topsy Turvey’s and selected two different varieties of medium sized tomatoes. Don’t ask which ones, I’ve already forgotten. I think a Jersey Red Rutgers and some kind of Celebrity variety, Early Girls or something? We shall see how this goes and I will keep you updated, though as I never grew tomatoes period I don’t have much to compare this too. If it works I’m going to have more tomatoes than I know what to do with. I guess I’ll be making a lot of sauces! I will probably also be giving them away to friends if they want them.

My friend Kaitlyn said I was a dork for doing this, given I’m dating a farmer. John told me I was a goober and that growing tomatoes was highly over-rated. I couldn’t make them see that this was “As Seen On TV Upside Down Tomatoes!” Everyone knows anything you make from an “As Seen On TV” product is always superior. These tomatoes will be redder, juicier and plumper than anyone else’s!

Snuggie As A Naptime Blanket? FAIL!
 

So I love my Snuggie, and I’ve been using it a lot actually. I have to admit, I’ve been wearing it backwards too sometimes, you know, as if it was a robe, which it isn’t, it’s a Snuggie.

However there is an issue with it. As long as you have your back to the chair or the sofa, it’s great! If you wanna take a nap? Better not sleep on your side like I do! You’ll suffer from hospital gown backdraft in the Snuggie.

Are You Looking At My Bum?

Emily took this photo of me wearing my Snuggie last weekend while we “Singstarred.” I had on jammies underneath. Aren’t my boxers sexy :) I was hunched over my laptop in this photo BTW, I guess I was setting up the cam or something.

The WTF Blanket
 

I posted this on twitter, but I can’t get enough of it. I cried the first time I watched it because I was laughing so hard. I bought a snuggie yet find the humor in this :) It really is hilarious.

WARNING: This video has some language, so don’t play it at work!

Backwards Robes
 

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I am a total goob! While picking up some stuff at La Tar Jay I saw it and just had to have it . . . it was only $14.95!

Yes I bought a Snuggie, or basically a backwards robe :) Here I am modeling it for you and looking very much like some cult member.

Oh and yes, I still have my nativity up on the cabinet behind me. One of these days I’ll get to putting it away.

Sham Wow: Wow, It
 

So awhile ago I teased the idea of posting reviews of all the amazing crap, I mean products we have that are from infomercials. As usual I never got around to it, but this morning I ended up turning on a boatload of infomercials. So I’m finally posting my first review.

What did I choose? Sham-Wow! I mentioned it in one post ages ago and I kid you not, at least once a day someone finds this blog by searching for “Does Sham Wow Really Work?” The answer, yes it does . . . because it’s a sham!

Shams are nothing new, they’ve been around forever. Most people use them to wash their cars, because they are super absorbent and good for buffing and leaving a shine. The difference between the traditional shams and Sham Wow however seems to be in the fabric. Traditional shams, at least the ones I’ve seen, are a weird spongy like fabric with an almost plastic feel. Sham-Wow’s basically just feel like a really thick and sturdy piece of felt.

On the infomercial they soak up everything from spilled water on carpets to magically taking out wine stains. I can’t attest to the later, as I don’t drink wine and if I did I’m not about to pour it on a carpet to see if Sham-Wow works. The first time I used one I actually simply used it as a dust cloth. Sticking it under the faucet to wet it, it soaked up a good deal of water. It worked great as a dust cloth. The problem soon became apparent, it stayed damp and wasn’t exactly easy to clean. I didn’t know what the heck to do, as I didn’t read the directions and didn’t have them, so I just soaked it, rung it out and laid it out to dry. It dried and returned to the somewhat stiff felt nature, albeit stained and a bit wrinkled.

Now we don’t have carpet, except for in the bedroom, so I haven’t been able to test how well it works there. We do have a bit of carpet in an offshoot corner of the kitchen, but it’s a very short carpet (think elementary school or office kind) that is a bitch if something is spilled on. It’s also where the cats love to pee. I eventually decided to scrub the carpet and needed something to soak everything up. I used the Sham-Wow’s in place of towels. They somewhat soaked up the muck, but the carpet as I said is stubborn. I don’t know how well of a test that was.

Then came the real issue. How to clean them? I couldn’t just do what I did the last time, these were chemicals and cat pee. So I threw everything in the washing machine. That turned the nice sturdy Sham-Wows into your basic soft handkerchief. They also seemed to shrink a bit as well, which was probably thanks to the dryer. I haven’t really tried using them for much anything since.

So basically Sham-Wow’s work, because they are fabric shams, but there is nothing revolutionary or miraculous about them. If you can find them on sale, your basically getting some good soaker-uppers for cheap and don’t have to wreck your towels. Otherwise, it’s nothing an old dirty stained towel can’t do.

You can find these, as well as almost every other TV product in special aisles at Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, etc . . . BUY THEM THERE! You might not get the amazing “2 for 1″ deals on TV, but you will save yourself hassle. Half the time they come with some sneaky backdoor deal, like you are enrolled in a club and keep getting more shipped to you as well as billed to your card.

Next up – Kinoki detox footpads! Oh yes, we have about 10 packs of these things, cause the BF ordered them and they keep coming . . . . I have told him to find out how to cancel them! I decided I’d see if they work. I can tell you I have one on right now, and it ITCHES!